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Urology

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Other Surgical Treatments

In patients with small tumours, especially those who are unfit for a major operation, there are further options for treatment:

Radiofrequency ablation

Heat is used to destroy cancer cells.  It can be done with sedation (drugs to make you feel drowsy) and local anaesthetic rather than general anaesthetic.  It is done with the aid of a scan to guide a needle-like device into the tumour

Cryotherapy

Very cold temperatures are used to destroy the cancer cells.  This is normally done under general anaesthetic. Probes are placed into the tumour which then freezes it

These treatments are available in Bristol.